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Pronunciation:  'kariktu`rIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of; "You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist"; "This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"
  2. [v]  be characteristic of; "What characterizes a Venetian painting?"

CHARACTERIZE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: characterise, characterise, qualify
 See Also: define, differentiate, differentiate, distinguish, distinguish, individuate, mark, mark, remember, stamp, think of



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Char"ac*ter*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Characterized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Characterizing}.] [LL.
characterizare, Gr. ?: cf. F. charact['e]riser.]
1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or
   traits; to make with distinctive features.

         European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian
         faces are Characterized.              --Arbuthnot.

2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] --Sir M. Hale.

3. To indicate the character of; to describe.

         Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to
         characterize King William.            --Johnson.

4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the
   character of.

         The softness and effeminacy which characterize the
         men of rank in most countries.        --W. Irving.

Syn: To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style;
     particularize; entitle.

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